Strange birthdays and stuff..

So tomorrow, April 21st is my moms birthday. Last year I gave her (though a bit late) this present and I believe she was happy with it. Today she told me the knit turned out to be quite warm for such a fine stole and she also told me she’d worn it all through this years cold winter.

So this year I wanted to do something equally cool, so I thought.. hmmm how can I give my mom something awesome for her birthday and enjoy the process..? I decided to introduce her to my world of spinning. I decided to dye 100 grams of the white BFL my boyfriend had gifted me (and I don’t think he’ll mind I’ve already used the stash here(the creamy alpaca), here(the chocolate wensleydale) and here(the wensleydale x gotland cross), so I believe it’s ok for me to use a bit for a gift (not that he would mind tho, but still.. I don’t want to spin it all for other people grr.. my birthdaypresent.. I sound so mean.. :P)

Anyhoo.. so I took a 100 grams of white BFL and took some food coloring and this happened..

handdyed BFL with foodcoloring

I used one whole bottle of red, one whole bottle of blue and a few drops of green to get this effect. I put it in a pyrex bowl and poured the red on one side and the blue on the other side. then I just sprinkled some green on both and nuked the thing.. It’s really unfortunate how the photo’s don’t do the colors any justice.. at.al.

The colors came out so vibrant and alive! I still can’t believe it.. lock dying is definitely the way to go! I’ll never dye roving again.. frikkin’ stripes all over 😛

handdyed BFL with foodcoloring

The green x blue combo turned out fantastically! I was hoping to get something like this but I didn’t dare dream it would actually turn out like this.. My dye jobs are still somewhat experimental and I’m not quite there yet. In the future I hope to be able to mix my food colorings to get any color I want.. but really I’m not there yet.

I also don’t want to use chemical dyes.. food coloring only.

handdyed BFL with foodcoloring

I know it looks messy right? But really I really love the colors 🙂 So this is my moms birthday present. She can choose whatever she wants.. she has a 100 grams and I’ll spin it as thick (or thin) as she likes and I’ll card the colors however she likes and naturally she was a little overwhelmed.. 😛

So after a few moments she decided she really loved the colors apart so I separated everything in three groups. Red, blue/green and the mix of purplish green red stuff.  I’ll card these into nice rolags and then spin them on my wheel. It’ll probably be a navajo plied yarn because she really wants to keep the colors separate. Se already selected a nice garnstudio (link) pattern, so that’s what I’ll go for 😀 I’m really looking forward to this project. Between the brown and grey some color is really quite welcome 😀

cotton on a takhli

In the mean time I’ve been spinning me some cotton baby! I took out the ol’ takhli and the cotton clouds huge pile of cotton and went to town. The brown mini hank is bit of the brown sliver I spun. It’s still a practice bit so the plying sucks.. the yarn is (at certain points) undertwisted and tends to break a lot.. like really.. constantly.. so I got frustrated and just stopped. (always the right thing to do I believe..)

cotton on a takhli

Because.. well this is what I spun.. and really it’s a lot more than the little hank above.. oh well.. I guess at some point I’ll get there. I decided that, because this was indeed a practice thingy I should ply it with the other practice thingy..

cotton on a takhli

See this is the amount of brown cotton still left unplied. To the right, the pink, is the tencel I tried out to get to know my takhli a little better.. the color should wash out, so white x brown barberpole should be nice, for something 😛

handspun chocolate wensleydale girasole

I’ve also been knitting and my girasole has been growing. I’m really quite pleased with the way it’s turning out. I really love the halo! I can just picture it once it’s been blocked.. but before I can do that I still need to card and spin another (I believe) 60 grams of brown wensleydale. I’ll be sure to take a picture of the washing process this time. I really should document the amount of yuckiness that comes off the fleece.. for my own sake.. I really need to learn how to wash my fleeces…

handspun chocolate wensleydale girasole

For now I can still merrily knit along. I still have this much yarn left, but I don’t know how far this will get me.. I really need to start spinning again..

handspun chocolate wensleydale girasole

A little close up. The color really changes in the sunlight. I can’t really describe the color, when you look at it closely it’s almost as if there’s a lot of gray in there, but it’s really just brown. But when the sun shines on it the color turns into a rich, deep brown. I really can’t wait 😀

wensleydale x gotland cross handcarded with oatmeal BFL

Besides knitting and dyeing I’ve also been spinning. The spindle in this picture weighs 1.9 oz. so I’ve actually spun 1.77 oz.

wensleydale x gotland cross handcarded with oatmeal BFL

Underneath the mass of singles there’s a tennis-ball (which weighs approx. 2 oz.) So here I have 2.76 oz. spun up, so I’ll need about 1 ounce to wind off and start anew. I do hope the meterages come out somewhat the same, but I’ll let you know either way 😉

 

 

 

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